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Voting starts today in the elections for the ODTUG Board of Directors. There are NINE candidates for FIVE open slots. The candidates, if elected, will be serving a term on the ODTUG Board starting on January 1, 2012 and ending on December 31, 2013. ODTUG’s Board is made up of NINE individual Board Members, with FIVE slots open one year, and then FOUR slots open the next year.

What is the minimum commitment for each Board Member? They agree that they will attend TWO face-to-face meetings each year, one directly before our KScope conference and onsite at the conference location. The other is traditionally held early in the year, typically in January, so that we can set the priorities for the year. For each of the other ten months, we hold a 60-90 minute telephone conference call to get updates on our current initiatives. In addition, Board Members agree to serve on at least one committee, and contribute where their talents and interests lie.

So, now what, you ask? Go vote! The candidate’s bios, campaign statements, and photos are located on the ODTUG website. You must be a PAID ODTUG member as of October 1st in order to vote. All attendees who registered as a Non-Member at Kscope11 became PAID members of ODTUG with their registration. To cast your vote, you must be logged into your membership. You may vote for one, two, three, four or five candidates, but you may only vote one time (once submitted, your vote is considered final). Please vote by 5PM EDT on Tuesday, November 1 , 2011

Many ODTUG elections in the past have come down to a single vote making the difference. Will it be the same case this year? Well, I’m not sure what is going to happen this year, but I urge you, make your voice heard in the ODTUG Election and get out and vote! I know that I will be looking closely at each of the candidate’s qualifications, bios, campaign statements and voicing my right.

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Guest Blogger: Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris, ODTUG Secretary

Hi Everyone.  For those of you that don’t know me my name is Barbara Morris and I first ran for the ODTUG Board in 2009 and was elected Secretary in 2011.  I work with Oracle Web applications and several non Oracle tools, including MS Visual Basic and presented “Ever Broadening Cyber Security Needs in Application Development” at Kscope 11.

I just received an email reminding me it is that time of year for nominations to the ODTUG Board of Directors and it brought to mind how intimidated I was to put my name forward. However, after some encouragement from several board members I submitted my name and was honored to be elected.  I would like to pay this forward by making myself available to anyone who may have questions about my experiences and what to expect in this position.

You can contact me at:

Email:  Barbara.Morris@icp.doe.gov

Work:  208-533-0733

Cell:  208-360-0865

I encourage anyone who is interested in putting their name forward to do so as the possibilities are limitless as long as you are willing to take the chance.  In closing I would like to say this has been one of the best Professional organizations I have ever been associated with and I have loved working with the other board members for ODTUG’s continued success.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Nominate yourself or someone you know today!

Check out my “Training for Kscope 11 Video” for a glimpse at the fun activities the board participates in.

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Guest Post: Cameron Lackpour, ODTUG Board Member, Director

ODTUG Board of Directors


Why oh why oh why would anyone run for the ODTUG board of directors?

The not so serious reasons you run for the ODTUG board

Perhaps the candidate has:

  • An obsessive fascination with committees
  • Way too much free time and the desire to fill it
  • A love of board conference calls on Sunday nights

The real reasons you run for the ODTUG board

I kid, I kid, those aren’t the real reasons.  I think the below is a much more likely set of motivations:

  • Gratitude – You have been given much by ODTUG in the form of knowledge, networking, and exposure, and you want to show your appreciation.
  • Vision – You want to influence where ODTUG goes in the future.
  • Service – You want to serve the ODTUG membership through dedicated thought and action.

And now the detail

If knowledge is power, and in our business, it’s all about what you know, reflect on how ODTUG has given you deep technical knowledge through conferences, webinars, the technical journal, and the resource library.  Don’t forget the unparalleled opportunity the various conferences and events give you a chance to meet your peers and exchange ideas.  Think about how little you paid for it.  It’s a pretty compelling ROI.  Serving on the board is one way to give thanks for all that ODTUG has given.

ODTUG is made up of smart people with lots good ideas.  If you want to see those ideas made concrete, getting onto the board is the surest way to see Your Brilliant Idea come to life.

The ODTUG board of directors is a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, nationalities, technologies, and outlooks, but we’re not a shambolic gaggle of geeks because at our core we’re all there to help ODTUG serve its members to the best of everyone’s abilities.  That concept of service, and the concomitant sacrifice that it will entail (see the semi-humorous bullet points above), is what drives all of us.  It’s inspiring and humbling all at the same time.  I know that has spurred me into different directions than I would have taken otherwise.

So was I joking?  Only a little.

Committees (the tool for getting things done), demands on time (the execution of the committees’ decisions), and those ever-popular Sunday conference calls (you try scheduling international conference calls – it’s harder than you think):  all true, and all part of being on the ODTUG board.  Don’t let it scare you away, but know that all of that and more is there.  It’s not too bad, I promise.  🙂

Should you run for the board?

If you’ve read this far, absolutely.  You’re obviously:  a person who wants to give back to an organization that has given much to you, are a far sighted individual who wants to direct ODTUG in new and exciting directions, and you have a deep desire to serve the ODTUG community.  I can’t wait to work with you.

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